Definition of tetanus noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

tetanus

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈtɛtn̩əs//
 
, NAmE//ˈtɛtnəs//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a disease in which the muscles, especially the jaw muscles, become stiff, caused by bacteria entering the body through cuts or wounds
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